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Scientists have determined for the first time the exact mass of the black hole at the center of the Milky Way

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This data will help to obtain more accurate information about the rotation of Sagittarius A*.

Researchers have determined for the first time the exact mass of the black hole at the center of the Milky Way. Space writes about it.

Astronomers used the ground-based VLT telescope to observe bursts of electromagnetic radiation coming from the gas surrounding the black hole.

In this way, they obtained the most accurate data on the mass and size of the supermassive black hole Sagittarius A*.

According to a new study, the mass of the Sagittarius A* black hole is 4.297 million solar masses, and its radius is about 15 million km. It is 10 times less than the distance of the Earth from the Sun.

To calculate the mass of a black hole, researchers rely on its gravitational radius.

According to the authors of the study, studying the bursts of electromagnetic radiation coming from the gas surrounding the black hole will also help to get more accurate information about the rotation of Sagittarius A*.

Let’s remember that early scientists made a new study in which they proved that about 30% of the exoplanets in the Milky Way could have life.

Scientists have discovered how massive the Milky Way is
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